What's next for Quebec? François Legault to lay out priorities for new government

François Legault, Quebec’s premier-designate, is expected to lay out his priorities for the province during an early afternoon news conference after his party won a decisive majority in Monday’s election.

The news conference will be carried here live at 12:15 p.m. ET.

The Coalition Avenir Québec, which favours lower taxes and the privatization of some services, capitalized on an appetite for change among Quebec voters to propel the party to a majority government.

The incumbent Liberals were handed the worst loss in the province’s history. 

The election also saw major losses for the pro-independence Parti Québécois at the hands of another emerging party, Québec Solidaire. The PQ’s leader, Jean-François Lisée, resigned after losing his seat.

During the campaign, Legault promised to cut taxes, give more money back to families and overhaul the province’s system of long-term care homes for seniors. 

He also said he would reduce the number of immigrants accepted into the province annually by 20 per cent, a controversial policy he struggled to explain during the campaign.

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